Honda Vs. Toro Mower

Overview

Honda Power Equipment and the Toro Co. are two of the better-known manufacturers of push mowers for homeowners. As of publication, Toro has two series of mowers, while Honda has four series. Both companies offer a variety of options for customers to choose from when buying a push mower, including types of construction materials, engine features and blade systems.

Construction Materials

The Honda HRX mowers have decks made of durable polymer materials, while the HRR and HRS models have steel decks. The HRX and HRC mowers have all four wheels supported by ball bearings for better maneuverability. The HRR and HRS have ball bearing-supported rear wheels. The handles on Honda mowers are ergonomically designed for comfort and ease of control. The Toro Recycler mowers have steel decks and the Super Recycler models have cast aluminum decks. Some models have a washout port on the deck to facilitate cleaning the bottom of the deck. The open single-piece handle on the Recycler mowers allows you to quickly remove and reinstall the bag. The quick-change lever on some models allows you to raise the handle for easier storage.

Engine Features

Honda mowers have four-stroke engines with automatic chokes that do not need adjusting. Some models of Toro mowers have electric start, automatic chokes and/or four-stroke engines.

Cutting Systems

The Versamow System on Honda HRX mowers allows you to shred, mulch, discharge or bag without additional tools or attachments. The other series of mowers have standard baggers and/or mulchers. Honda mowers have twin blades that cut the grass in smaller pieces than single-blade mowers. The smaller clippings are easier to mulch or bag, and the bag can hold 30 percent more clippings. The Roto-Stop Blade Stop System allows you to stop the blades without turning the engine off, so you can empty the bag or move debris from the mowing area. The Bag-On-Demand feature on Toro mowers allows you to flip a lever to quickly change from mulching to bagging, and the bag remains on the mower either way.

Other Features

Honda's HRX models have cruise control and hydrostatic transmissions. The Smart Drive variable speed control on HRR mowers allows you to change the speed without moving the handle or a lever. Some models of Toro mowers have the Personal Pace System that lets the rear-wheel drive automatically sense your walking speed and adjust accordingly.

Warranties

Honda HRC mowers have two-year warranties, while the HRR and HRS models have three-year warranties. The HRX mowers have five-year warranties, with a lifetime-limited warranty on the decks. Toro mowers have two-year limited warranties, with three-year limited warranties on the power trains. The mowers also have a three-year guarantee that the engine will start with one or two pulls, or be repaired for free.

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About this Author

Melody Lee began working as a reporter and copywriter for the "Jasper News" in 2004 and was promoted to editor in 2005. She also edits magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design, is a Florida Master Gardener, and has more than 25 years of gardening experience.